The Resource Drilling and Blasting program at Sir Sandford Fleming College welcomed their new 7822DT in January. Steve Wilkinson, Program Director, (a former graduate of the program) and many of the program’s students, were extremely excited about the new arrival.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this day to come,” Steve said. “As the machine was unloaded and during the days following, students clamored over the machine wanting the opportunity to use it,” he added.
According to Steve, “The 7822DT is an example of the program’s dedication to continue to use and teach with the best equipment available to the industry.”
The machine was introduced to the geotechnical program later in the semester and is now being used full-time by the environmental drilling program.
All the teachers in the Resource Drilling and Blasting program have come from the drilling industry and provide students with the proper skills and real-world knowledge of what to expect when they go into the working world. The students are taught in the classroom and in the field using various types of drills. The program also emphasizes safety while working on and around the machines, (don’t put yourself between something that moves and something that doesn’t!).
The program offers students during their four semesters to learn about water well drilling, directional drilling, diamond core drilling, construction drilling, and side courses in geology and pumps.
According to Steve, after graduation, the students (and also summer students) become valuable assets to all drilling industries, foreign and domestic
The drilling program at Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada has been in existence since 1979, and during its existence has grown in detail and popularity.